U.S. Army: Bergdahl Didn’t Help The Taliban While In Captivity

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The U.S. Army said Wednesday that there was no evidence Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl collaborated with his captors during the five years he was held in Afghanistan, the Wall Street Journal reported.

There’s been much speculation about whether Bergdahl deserted his post, but some former members of Bergdahl’s platoon went further and suggested that attacks on U.S. troops seemed to suspiciously increase after Bergdahl disappeared. An anonymous Army official told the Journal that investigators “have no reason to believe that he engaged in any misconduct” while he was in captivity, however.

The Army has yet to actually interview Bergdahl for its investigation into the circumstances surrounding his capture. He hasn’t asked for a lawyer or been read his legal rights, according to the Associated Press, The team helping Bergdahl readjust to life in the U.S. has also informed him that any information he volunteers while he is in outpatient care could be used against him later.

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